Tournaments With a Purpose
2D Sports hosts competitive events for amateur athletes to showcase their talents amongst next level recruiters.
What We Do
2D Sports hosts events at NCAA, NJCAA, and NAIA venues throughout Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, & Florida. Along with providing a platform for players to showcase talent, 2D Sports provides a memorable experience for the players, coaches, scouts, officials, and fans.
Who We Are
2D Sports is a network of coaches, scouts, professionals, and organizations who are committed to providing opportunities for amateur players to be seen by next level recruiters.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Brandon came to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004 to join the LSU-Shreveport Pilots Baseball Program.
After three years with the Pilots, highlighted by a Conference Championship -- two Conference Tournament Championships -- and three Regional Tournament
appearances, Brandon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business Administration.
In 2008, Brandon joined the Prairie Baseball Academy (Junior College) as an Assistant Coach before returning to the LSUS-Baseball Program in 2010 as the Graduate Assistant Coach. Magierowski’s coaching position with the Pilots, which was highlighted by two Conference Tournament Championship and a third place finish in the NAIA World Series, ended in 2011 after Brandon graduated with his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Upon graduation in the Spring of 2013, Brandon took on a role with the Southern Baseball Association (SBA) focusing on developing a summer travel baseball program in Shreveport/Bossier City. After two seasons of coaching and organizing summer travel baseball teams, Brandon turned his attention to hosting tournaments in the Deep South Region to provide players a better opportunity for exposure to next level recruiters.
In 2014, Brandon aided in the creation 2D Sports and is now the acting CEO.
Follow Brandon on Twitter: @bmagierowski
Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Ross has traveled the southern United States chasing his baseball career as both player and coach. After high school, Ross played four years of college baseball and finished his catching career at McNeese State University, in his hometown of Lake Charles La. Graduating from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance, Ross entered the coaching profession at age 23.
His first head coach job at St. Louis Catholic is where Ross proved his ability to lead. He took an inconsistent program from the ground level, and transformed them into an expected contender of the playoffs. Coach Blankenship finished his career at Saint Louis in fashion with a semi final appearance in 2010, followed by a state championship in 2011. That year, Coach Blankenship was named the 4A Coach of the Year, as well as the Southwest La. “Big Schools” Coach of the Year . The next season, Ross headed to North Louisiana where he led the “perennial powerhouse” – the West Monroe Rebels - to the state tournament. In 2012 he was selected to coach the Louisiana All Star team East. After two years of rebuilding the baseball program in West Monroe, Coach Blankenship forged his team a slot into the semi finals at the state tournament. In 2014, Ross accepted a position back home in Lake Charles La. to become the Head Coach of his Alma-Mata - Sam Houston High School. After a 2-year stint at Sam Houston High, Ross moved across the river to coach at Sulphur High School; Ross is currently serving as the Assistant Coach.
Ross began hosting tournaments in 2008. What began as a single tournament in Lake Charles, has grown into the most dynamic baseball logistics company in the state. In 2013 Ross and brother Ramsey Blankenship founded Ammo Bat Co. ---innovators of Ammo Bat Speed System--- which is now a nationally recognized brand, and has revolutionized the hitting game throughout baseball.
Ross is currently the Chief Operations Officier (COO) at 2Dsports.
Follow Ross on Twitter: @ross_blank
Chief Operations Officer
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Ramsey joined the US Navy shortly after graduating high school. Nearly 10 years later, Ramsey is a seasoned veteran who is still an active duty member of the US Military. Ramsey has deployed 4 times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns. Ramsey is a Master Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Technician in the US Navy Special Operations. His job description involves defeating the improvised explosive device, hostage rescue, underwater mine countermeasure, free fall parachutist, and direct action missions; all of which demand an immense amount of attention to detail.
In 2013, Ramsey and brother Ross Blankenship founded Ammo Bat Co ---innovators of the Ammo Bat Speed system--- in which Ramsey was actively involved with hosting tournaments throughout the summers. His 10 years of military experience combined with 2 years of baseball tournament logistics is the perfect recipe to ensure tournament operations run smoothly.
Logistics, planning, personnel management, and operations are the skill sets that make Ramsey a key member of the 2Dsports team.
In 2016 Ramsey added to his impressive military resumé, earning the qualification of US Military Master Training Specialist.
Ramsey is the Director of Business Operations at 2Dsports.
Follow Ramsey on Twitter: @Ramsey_Blank
Director of Business Operations
A native of Jennings Louisiana, Michael Trahan was a four sport letter winner in high school and led his Bulldog football team to the AAA State Championship in 1992. After excelling on the baseball diamond in Junior College and on the Division I level, he managed to play in excess of four seasons on the professional level. Following his professional career, Mike began a Division I coaching career that spanned over a decade and three of Louisiana’s proudest baseball communities. Once he cut his college baseball teeth in the second assistant position, he commanded the recruiting coordinator post at McNeese State for two years, University of Louisiana Monroe for two, and finally at Louisiana Lafayette for three plus seasons. Having many nationally recognized recruits, several All-Americans, and one Team USA participant are just of few of the highlights of his coaching career….not to mention conference championships and regional appearances at all of his coaching stops.
As a standout player, then coach/ recruiter, Mike has seen his share of high school, American legion, and showcase baseball. He has played, coached, or scouted in roughly two-thirds of the 50 states and it’s fair to say that he knows what it takes to put together and manage a top quality event. He will bring his knowledge of recruiting, his extensive colligate contact network, and event direction in terms of what college coaches really want to see, what they expect to see, and what keeps them returning to events year after year.
“After attending one of Ross’s events in the summer of 2014, and having an understanding of what this arena is in dire need of, I jumped at the chance to be a part of 2D Sports. Ross, Ramsey, and Brandon bring an entirely different view to the showcase baseball tournament scene. They have a dedicated interest in putting together a top-flight event for all involved parties. I take tremendous pride in being named a regional director with this organization and look forward to many outstanding events in the future.”-Follow Mike on Twitter: @michaeltrahan3
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jesse Cassard began his coaching career in 2002 at Barbe High School where he served as an Assistant Coach for 4 seasons which included a 5A State Championship. In 2006, Cassard took the Head Coaching position at Zachary High School where he lead the program to three (3) consecutive State Championships and was named LBCA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009 -- along with being named the 2009 Region 6 National Coach of the Year (ABCA). In addition to his coach acclimates, Cassard served as the Athletic Director at Zachary High from 2014-2016.
In 2016, Coach Cassard made the move to Sulphur, Louisana to serve as the Head Coach of the Sulphur Tors Baseball Program.
Along with his exceptional coaching career, Jesse served as an Associate Scout for both the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers from 2010 to 2014. Jesse
has overseen the eligibility of over 700 athletes, managed coaching staffs, facilities, and also assisted in the operations for the Team USA 18u
With his 15 years of Head Coaching and Managerial experience, Jesse was a major contributor in the launch of the 2D Sports Youth Tournament model in Spring 2017.
Follow Jesse on Twitter: @JesseCassard
Pat Hall has been in the coaching profession for 20 years. Before coaching Pat was a four-year letterman in baseball at Louisiana Tech University,
as a first baseman, and a 2-year letterman in Track and field, javelin.
Since moving into the coaching profession Pat has been a Head Baseball coach, Head Track Coach and has coached football. He has been part of seven (7) State Championships (4 in baseball and 3 in football) and is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Zachary High School and the defensive line coach on the football team that has won the 5A State Championship in 2015 and 2017.
Pat has been coach of the year in baseball and track. He has also coached numerous Division 1 and professional baseball and football players. He currently trains over 500 athletes a day on strength, speed, and agility.
Pat joined 2Dsports in Spring 2017 as Youth Tournament Director and was most recently named the head of 'Team Relations' for 2Dsports Youth Baseball which will begin in Spring 2018. In addition, Pat will serve as a 2Dsports tournament director for both Youth and High School Tournaments.
"I have know Jesse, Mike and Ross for years through playing and coaching against them. Having the opportunity to share in their vision and version of what tournament baseball should be is an honor and a privilege."
Director & Team Relations
In early 2008, Coach Ross Blankenship wanted to change the way baseball tournaments were ran. Every tournament he and his team attended was partially planned and poorly executed. There always seemed to be something that was overlooked. The most common mistake was scheduling. There were times when teams were scheduled to play two separate games at the same time, or play the same team every game, and the most common headache was having games scheduled across town, with no consideration of transit time between games. Scheduling wasn’t the only problem. If there was inclement weather, there was no back up plan. Safety was another concern. In Louisiana, during the middle of the summer, the humidity is high and the temperature is even higher. Ross noticed that most baseball tournaments were hosted on fields that had little coverage from the sun. Players had minimal access to water, spectators were left sitting on aluminum bleachers in the blistering heat, and the facilities were absolutely filthy. These were the things that needed to change, and Ross made it his mission to do so.
That year, Ross organized his first tournament; he focused heavily on 3 things – Preparation, Logistics, and Safety. Ross sent invites to the top teams in the area. At the time, the only thing he wanted was for his team to play against the competition they deserved, on a well-maintained field, and free of scheduling errors. The feedback was phenomenal. Coaches appreciated the ease of a well thought out agenda, players loved playing in a college stadium, and the fans felt comfort knowing that the athletes had water jugs on the bench, covered dugouts, and access to clean restrooms.
The following season, Coach Blankenship received emails from dozens of teams requesting information regarding his baseball tournament. He hosted one baseball tournament every season for the next three years and focused on improving the tournament logistics, and creating excitement amongst the players, coaches, and fans. In 2012 the tournament known as the Southwest Shootout (Louisiana) grew from a single baseball tournament to two tournaments due to the large amount of teams requesting to play.
By the end of the 2013 season, Ross gathered a following of coaches and players too large to facilitate alone
and had turned away more teams than were allowed to play in his tournaments series. At the time, he was limited to two baseball tournaments a season. With the goal of hosting five tournaments in 2014, Ross joined forces with brother Ramsey Blankenship, and Brandon Magierowski. That year the Ammo Bats Tournament Series facilitated games at McNeese State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern University, LSU-Shreveport, and Louisiana Tech.
Ramsey has 9 years of military experience in the United States Navy Special operations. Logistics and safety come second nature to him as he currently instructs classes of 30+ Navy recruits through US Navy Dive School in the Florida heat. Highly trained in heat stress prevention, Ramsey ensures that procedures are taken to keep player, umpire, and spectator heat stress symptoms to a minimum. Next on Ramsey’s list is customer satisfaction. He understands that parents of athletes are dedicated to supporting their favorite ballplayer by participating in every tournament. Concessions, entertainment, and tournament information are taken care of by Ramsey. He is committed to making sure that the fan experience is comfortable, entertaining, and hassle-free.
Brandon took over the logistics and scheduling portion of the tournament series. Utilizing his background in business administration, Brandon built a platform for coaches and fans to be able to access tournament information and updates from any mobile device. With the goal of simplicity, Brandon utilizes modern technology to ensure quick and effective communication regarding scores, ratings, as well as scheduling and venue changes. Brandon is also in charge of contingencies with scheduling; he knows that there needs to be a back up plan for the back up plan. Weather is the one thing that we have no control of, but quick shifts in scheduling and venues, clear and concise communications, and umpires on standby is the quickest way to get the games back on track.
The 2014 tournament series was such a success that the triad of professionals decided to make it a business. They had proven the ability to host multiple tournaments, at different locations, without overlooking the mistakes that commonly occur. In order to expand tournaments across the southern portion of the United States, former coach Mike Trahan joined the team. Trahan has played, coached, and scouted in roughly 2/3rds of the fifty states and knows what it takes to host a quality event that provides exposure for the athletes. Mike brings an extensive knowledge of recruiting, a strong collegiate network, and an undeniable passion for the game of baseball.
The most recent addition to the 2Dsports team is Baton Rouge native, Jesse Cassard. With his 15 years of head coaching and managerial experience, at both the High School level and National Level (with Team USA), Jesse has great vision for the future of 2Dsports events at both the high school and youth level. Cassard will lead the charge in the development of a youth baseball model that improve tournament offerings for the young players in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
The combination of five professionals, and their attention to the detail, drew such a following that the tournament series had formed a Dynasty of coaches and athletes around the diamond, and so formed – Diamond Dynasty (2D) Sports.
In 2015 (the first full year of operation) 2D Sports hosted 16 Baseball Tournaments across Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi with 300+ participating teams, and 2 Player Showcases with 230 athletes, 45 college coaches, and 12 MLB Scouts in attendance.
In 2016, 2D Sports hosted 28 Baseball Tournaments across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Florida with 500+ participating teams, and 2 Player Showcases with 230 athletes, 50 college coaches, and 12 MLB Scouts in attendance.
In 2017, 2D Sports hosted 43 Baseball Tournaments across
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida with 700+ participating teams, and 2 Player Showcases with 230 athletes, 50 college coaches,
and 12 MLB Scouts in attendance.